Monk (Really Interesting Story)

A man is driving down the road and
breaks down near a monastery.
He goes to the monastery, knocks on
the door, and says, My car broke down.
Do you think I could stay the night?

The monks graciously accept him,
feed him dinner, and even fix his car.
As the man tries to fall asleep,
he hears a strange sound. The next morning,
he asks the monks what the sound was,
but they say, We can't tell you.
You're not a monk.

The man is disappointed but thanks them
anyway and goes about his merry way.
Some yea! rs later, the same man breaks
down in front of the same monastery.

The monks again accept him, feed him,
and even fix his car.

That night, he hears the same strange
noise that he had heard years earlier.

The next morning, he asks what it is,
but the monks reply, We can't tell you.
You're not a monk.

The man says, All right, all right.
I'm dying to know. If the only way
I can find out what that sound was,
is to become a monk, how do
I become a monk?

The monks reply, You must travel
the earth and tell us how many blades
of grass there are and the exact number
of sand pebbles. When you find these
numbers, you will become a monk.

The man sets about his task.
Some forty-five years later, he returns
and knocks on the door of the monastery.
He says, I have traveled the earth and
have found what you have asked for.
There are 145,236,284, 232 blades of
grass and 231,281,219, 999,129,382
sand pebbles on the earth.

The monks reply, Congratulations.
You are now a monk. We shall now
show you the way to the sound.

The monks lead the man to a
wooden door, where the head monk says,
The sound is right behind that door.

The man reaches for the knob,
but the door is locked. He says,
Real funny. May I have the key?

The monks give him the key,
and he opens the door.

Behind the wooden door is another
door made of stone. The man demands
the key to the stone door.

The monks give him the key, and he
opens it, only to find a door made
of ruby. He demands another key
from the monks, who provide it.
Behind that door is another door,
this one made of sapphire.
So it went until the man had
gone through doors of emerald,....

.......silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say,
This is the last key to the last door.

The man is relieved to no end.
He unlocks the door, turns the knob,
and behind that door he is amazed to
find the source of that strange sound.

. . . . But I can't tell you what
it is because you're not a monk.


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